Tuesday, April 24, 2012

MI - Court Bailiff: Detroit Judge Wade McCree Sent a Nearly Nude Photo of Himself to My Cell Phone

Wade McCree
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Original link has been removed, so the link above has been replaced with another one.

04/23/2012

How Do You Judge This Photo?

A husband is upset after finding a photo of a nearly nude man on his wife's cell phone. She says the photo came from her boss? What does she do for a living? She's a court bailiff. Who's her boss? Detroit 3rd Circuit Judge Wade McCree.

Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff shows the photo to Judge McCree. The Judge seems quite proud of it. "Hot dog, yep that's me," says McCree. Play the video to get the full report and to hear what the judge himself has to say about the photo.

LeDuff also talks to legal analyst Charlie Langton who says it's possible McCree could lose his job over the photo.

McCree's father, Wade H. McCree Jr., was the first African-American judge to be appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and only the second African-American solicitor general, serving during the Carter administration.

McCree, of Detroit, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1978 and his juris doctor degree from California's Stanford Law School in 1984. In 2004, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed McCree, then of the 36th District Court in Detroit, to the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.

What would you think if your boss sent you a photo like this? Should there be a penalty of any kind for sending a nearly nude photo to someone's cell phone? Do you consider this 'sexting'?

Update:


NY - Female Deputy Sues for $50M After Topless Photos Used in Sting Op Against Pedophiles Allegedly Get Passed Around the Office

Krystal Rice
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04/23/2012

By Erica Ritz

Deputy Krystal Rice, from Watertown, New York, is suing her co-workers for $50 million after topless photos she agreed to take as part of a sting operation against pedophiles were allegedly passed around the office, and her superiors reportedly began harassing and “isolating” her.
- Why in the world would anybody agree to take photos of themselves topless for something like this?

Rice agreed to take the photos when she was still in training, but only after she signed a contract that gave her ownership of the images. Meant to portray a 15-year old girl, the pictures were reportedly sent to potential pedophiles as “bait.”
- This is entrapment, pure and simple!  So, if they sent photos to someone, when they did not request the photos in the first place, would they be arrested for receiving "child porn?"

However, Rice maintains that despite repeated requests for the CD containing the photos, she has been consistently rebuffed.

Furthermore, according to the 45-page lawsuit, the detective who originally took the photos in 2006 kept the risqué images on his laptop– and may have shown them to everyone in the office.


But the story does not end there.

Detective Cote allegedly began making personal advances at Rice after taking the semi-nude photos, while simultaneously spreading stories about the break-up of her marriage.

Though she primarily ignored him until 2009, after he called the mother of the man she was seeing to say she had “slept with half the [police] department,“ and her son should ”have himself tested“ if he had engaged in ”any sort of contact with her,” she made a complaint at work.

There, she was allegedly told that the office was a “Good ol‘ boy’s club,” and that nothing would change.

It didn’t stop at the photos,” her lawyer explained. “There was harassment, isolation, marginalization in the workplace also because she refused to go along with the advances that [Detective Cote] had made to her and there were rumors being spread about her personally and professionally.”

And now, Rice’s lawyer has allegedly been threatened to drop the case.


The woman said she received a call from a restricted number and, after the individual told her he was connected to the Sheriff’s department, said she had to drop the case or he would make it “difficult” for her to practice law in New York, would see to it that she was pulled over every time she got in her car, and generally make her life “unbearable.”

When asked whether the caller was threatening her, the person allegedly responded that he was just telling her “how things were going to be.”

The lawyer is married to a Fort Drum soldier, who also reported the incident up his chain of command.

Rice says she feels “dirty, exposed and extremely embarrassed by these events and incidents,“ and her lawyer maintains that the whole situation is ”outrageous and sad.”


AZ - Experts: Child abductions at home relatively rare

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Most children are kidnapped by their own parents (one study here), and many studies out there show this.

04/23/2012

TUCSON - Polly Klaas. Elizabeth Smart. Megan Kanka. The names are synonymous with a parent's worst nightmare: a child snatched by a stranger from the safety of her own home.

Now, police in Tucson, Ariz., are trying to determine what happened to 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis. Her parents say they awoke on Saturday to find her missing. Police said a window was open with the screen pushed aside.

While officers are investigating all possibilities in her disappearance, experts say, abduction from the home is relatively rare, with just over 18 children taken each year.

"It's unusual, but it's not unprecedented," said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is involved in the search.

Each year, 58,000 children are abducted by strangers and released, according to the most recent statistics. Of those, 115 were "stereotypical" kidnappings carried out by strangers who either killed the children or held them for ransom. And 16 percent of those were taken from home.

Nearly three quarters of the victims are girls, and 38 percent of them are 12 to 14. At 24 percent, the second largest victimized group is the one Isabel belongs to: girls ages 6 to 11.

In Tucson, the possibility that a kidnapper could be in their midst unnerved some parents.

"I put two-by-fours in their windows this morning," said Erin Cowan, who has worked with Isabel's mother at Tucson Medical Center and has a daughter, 7, and son, 12. "I guess you can't be too careful, sadly."
- So now, due to the knee-jerk reaction to this situation, what is going to happen if the house catches on fire? Are they going to be able to get out, or die because of two-by-fours?

Since Saturday, investigators and volunteers fanned across Isabel's neighborhood and an area landfill searching for clues. Volunteers posted fliers with a photo of Isabel -- about 4-feet-tall with brown hair and hazel eyes -- holding a school award.

Her parents, identified by friends as Becky and Sergio Celis, told investigators they last saw the first-grader at 11 p.m. Friday. Her mother, a nurse, was at work Saturday when her father went to wake her at 8 a.m. and discovered her missing.

Police call the case a "suspicious disappearance/possible abduction."

"We're not ruling anything out of the investigation at this point because we really need to keep our mind open about all the information that's been brought to us," police Chief Roberto Villasenor said.

On Monday, FBI dogs -- one that can find human remains and the other used for search and rescue -- went through the home and turned up information that required a follow-up, but police declined to say what that was.

Officers are also interviewing sex offenders in the area. It has become standard practice for all abduction investigations.
- Yeah like ex-sex offenders go around all the time kidnapping people's kids!

When 12-year-old Polly Klaas disappeared during a slumber party in 1993 in California and was strangled by a man with a long criminal record, there were no police protocols, said her father, Marc Klaas.

"Every time a child would disappear, they would invent that wheel all over again," said Klaas, who travels the country speaking about child abduction. "Now almost every agency in America has some handle on how to launch a missing child investigation."

Polly's case served as a model for the FBI's first missing child protocol and also prompted California voters to pass the state's three strikes law, which requires harsh prison sentences for repeat offenders.

Congress didn't pass the federal Megan's Law until 1996, inspired by the case of 7-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. She was raped and killed by a known child molester who lived across the street. Now federal law requires that every state have a procedure for warning neighbors when a sex offender moves nearby.

John Evander Couey, who took Jessica Lunsford from her home in Florida, lived just down the street. "He had an opportunity to stalk the family," Allen said. "He went in there for the child."

In the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in Utah, her abductor was a handyman the family knew and took her from her bed at knifepoint. Nine months later, motorists spotted her as she walked with her captors.

Investigations have changed since the days the milk carton was the best way to disseminate photos of missing children, as the world was reminded last week when authorities in New York reopened the 1979 case of Etan Patz. The boy was 6 when he disappeared while making his first unescorted walk to the school bus.

Now groups can quickly disseminate photos on the Internet and to the media in the hopes that anyone who may have seen something will come forward with information.

And while social media has worked miracles in spreading the word when a child goes missing, such tools are also used by predators to stalk young people, Klaas said.

"At the end of the day, if some guy out of nowhere sneaks into a little girl's bedroom and steals her without leaving a fingerprint, we're in a world of hurt," Klaas said. "It's like pulling a needle out of a haystack."


IL - State's murder registry tops 500

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So why do we need yet another registry? I personally do not agree in any registry, but, if we must have one, we should have one for all sinners! And why only those who have murdered children? What about those who killed adults? Just another ex post facto law to waste money on naming and shaming while actually doing nothing to prevent crime or protect anybody!

04/23/2012

By Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD - Hundreds of murderers living in Illinois have entered their names and addresses on a new registry that went on line in January.

According to the Illinois State Police, a total of 528 murderers who have served their sentences and are back on the streets are registered on the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry.

The three-month-old registry is the product of a law approved by the General Assembly last year that is patterned after the state's sex offender registry, which requires sex offenders to register with state authorities.

The legislation was named "Andrea's Law" after Andrea Will, who was an 18-year-old student at Eastern Illinois University when she was murdered in 1998 by a former boyfriend.

Her mother, Patricia Rosenberg, said the website would give people the ability to know whether a murderer is living nearby.

Under the law, once a convicted murderer has finished their prison sentence, they have to register where they're living in Illinois for another ten years.
- Why not for life? And what about residency restrictions? Will they also be banned from living around where children congregate, and be banned from Internet sites that have children?

The website allows users to search for murderers by county or by a map. In most cases, the website features a picture of the murderer, his or her address, a physical description and a birth date. It also includes the nature of the crime, including how old the victim was.

The site contains a handful of murderers who committed their crimes outside of Illinois.

The registry of murderers was added to an existing state police website that highlighted information about individuals who committed murder against a person age 17 or under.